Computer programmers looking to move into the news industry have a chance at getting their full tuition paid — that’s right, free grad school — at Northwestern’s Medill program, plus an internship at the Washington Post after graduation, thanks to a new partnership.
Washington Post joined the Knight Foundation in the scholarship program that lets computer programmers earn a master’s degree in journalism in a 12-month program at the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. The scholarship program, previously only funded by the Knight Foundation, has so far supported 9 programmers-gone-journalist since 2008, who are now some of the industry leaders:
- Brian Boyer, news applications editor at NPR, formerly at Chicago Tribune news apps
- Ryan Mark, director of digital product strategy and development at Chicago Tribune Media Group
- Manya Gupta, Web technical editor for theworld.org
- Steven Melendez, data news at WNYC
- Shane Shifflett, reporter and data engineer at the Center for Investigative Reporting
Spread the word to all your programmer friends.